Hackettstown, NJ (Warren County) – What began with headaches – lead to a more serious diagnosis for 7-year-old Henry Aulenbach of Allamuchy.
On January 5th of last year, the elementary age boy was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer.
Since his diagnosis, Henry has been undergoing a year-long regimen of chemo and radiation. On a GoFundMe page created for Henry, his mother, Chrissie Aulenbach, describes her son as “…A wonderful boy with a lot of inner strength. He loves to be a good friend and helper and loves making others happy.”
In an effort to help Henry and the Aulenbach family, Gold’s Gym of Hackettstown will be hosting a fundraiser called “Help for Henry” this Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. – 4. p.m.
“This event pulls us together as a community,” says Donna Francisco, General Manager of Gold’s Gym of Hackettstown. Francisco goes on to explain the efforts of many local vendors in preparation for the fundraiser. “So many of the vendors have not only given us gift cards – but they’re also coming into the gym, bringing items, and hosting activities. For instance, Once Upon a Theme will be bringing in princesses, characters, a popcorn machine, cotton candy…I mean so people are just happy to help.”
There will also be fun and family friendly competitions held at the gym by two instructors, including a push-up and pull-up contest.
“It’s $10 dollars at the door, and you could buy a package for $25,” says Dena Bippart, Sales Manager of Gold’s Gym of Hackettstown. Bippart goes on to explain that the package will include a t-shirt with all of the sponsors on the back of it, a ticket sheet for other events, and access to three 30-minute classes. “We also have a local woman who has donated her time to make 100 cupcakes that she will be bringing here the day of the event, she’s going to sell them,” says Bippart.
All of the proceeds from Saturday’s event will go to Henry and the Aulenbach family.
Folks interested in attending can visit Gold’s Gym of Hackettstown’s Facebook page and see the event page titled, “Help for Henry.”
For those who want to follow Henry’s story, visit Hope for Henry on Facebook.
Authors: Katie Moriarty & Asma Ali